Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting

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In recent years, abstract painting has developed a rich complexity that, now more than ever, rewards intensive viewing; this authoritative book guides the reader through the key issues in the field. Painting Abstraction profiles 80 of today?s most vital contemporary abstract painters, such as Mark Grotjahn and Amy Sillman, featuring large full-color reproductions of their work and incisive texts by author and curator Bob Nickas. The product of years of research and countless studio visits, Painting Abstraction is a major statement on the last five years of this exciting new wave of creativity in painting.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849331
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

tripping the abstract universe

15 people found this helpful.
 on August 17, 2010
By Jill Miller
This is by no means an exhaustive collection of contemporary abstract painting, but it is a much needed exploration of recent trends in painting which are increasingly driven toward abstraction. I like how the book is broken down into thematic chapters which provide a nice curatorial flow to the text. I could make the complaint that many of the artists are already known commodities; but actually the book features a nice blend of more established artists as well as emerging artists who may or may not become historically relevant. All in all it is refreshing to see a book devoted to presenting such a wide ranging view of the expansive universe of abstract painting.

Comprehensive & Inspirational

6 people found this helpful.
 on July 10, 2011
By janeeni
Would write more if not so busy, but to be brief, it’s a truly great art book – broad range of artists – a book to kept for enjoyment and reference for always. I will treasure it and never let it out of my sight (others thoroughly enjoy it also, as it remains on coffee table for easy & regular access) You would never regret buying this classic art record in my opinion!

Painting Abstraction: why i loved this book

 on July 7, 2013
By orna millo
The book is intersting, well edited, very variated, and beautiful. I am a painter so it was good to see the trend towards the abstract in the realm of painting today.Very good purchase.

Excelent book

 on December 30, 2012
By Victor Campuzano
It liked me very much, it is a very complete scope about abstract art, very good impression quality and the description of the artist’s works is very useful to get ideas for working.

on time and as expected

 on July 4, 2014
By Queenie
on time and as expected

For the art student

 on January 27, 2013
By Art student
Fabulous book whether a coffee table read or as a textbook.for painters. It was recommended to me by my art tutor.

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